Computer Hardware Engineer Salary

Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $73K per year. In the world of Computer Hardware Engineers, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $120K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$47,537 - $120,138
(Median)
$48K
$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,653
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$12.04 - $36.28
(Median)
$12
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,537 - $120,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,580 - $120,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.04 - $36.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$15.38 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,580 - $120,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.

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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks

  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer


Computer Hardware Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with verilog, Board Design / Debug, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 30 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Java. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Computer Hardware Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $64K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. On average, Computer Hardware Engineers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $118K.

Computer Hardware Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Computer Hardware Engineer at Intel Corporation?

Computer Hardware Engineer in Folsom:
"Trying to be agile within a results-oriented culture."
Pros: Flexibility and the smart people I work with; keeps me engaged in helping the group deliver the best products possible to our customers!
Cons: Working in a big company it is hard to feel like you make a big impact.

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 35%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

verilog
up arrow 32%

Board Design / Debug
up arrow 30%


C
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National Average
$71,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
up arrow 1%

Java
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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